Strategies for Skeletal horror

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If you die, you will lose your items and will need to reclaim them from Death or your grave.
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This article is a strategy guide for Skeletal horror.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page.
Fighting the Skeletal horror

General information[edit | edit source]

While in combat, both arms and tail will detach, reducing the combat level and effectiveness of the horror. Bury the fallen bones from your inventory after picking them up, if the detached parts are not disposed of then they will reattach to the horror, healing it and restoring its combat stats.

If players die fighting the Skeletal horror, their tombstone will appear outside the entrance to the stairs leading to the battle; players can retrieve their items from their tombstone if they can make it back in time. Since you can only teleport once per week with the bonesack/ram skull helmet, another fast way to make your way back is by using Sliske's invitation box.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

For every 12,500 damage dealt to the Skeletal Horror, an appendage will be thrown to a corner of the battlefield. First the right hand will fall off, then the left hand, and finally the tail. Bury the fallen bones from your inventory after picking them up or they will fall out of your backpack and heal the Skeletal horror; more information below.

When an appendage is lost, the Skeletal horror will become weakened; lowering the combat level, max hit, accuracy, and defensive capabilities of the Skeletal horror. The appendages must be picked up into the player's inventory and buried. If left on the ground or in your inventory, the appendage will reattach to the Skeletal horror, healing back the damage dealt, and restoring its combat stats.

It is possible albeit difficult to kill the Skeletal horror without burying any of the appendages.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

The skeletal horror can be dangerous if unprepared, or for lower level players. It will not attack you with the attack style that you are praying against (e.g., if praying against Magic, it will use Melee, and vice versa), so high healing food such as monkfish or sharks are recommended.

It is not recommended to use armour below level 70 to fight the skeletal horror as it can hit exceptionally high if you do. A high levelled player should be able to defeat the skeletal horror without any issue. Since killing a mithril dragon is a requirement for completing the second bone wish-list, players who have unlocked the ability to fight the skeletal horror should be well prepared to fight it.

Despite being a monster made from the bones of dead creatures, it is not considered undead, and therefore is unaffected by the salve amulet or salve amulet (e).

Magic[edit | edit source]

The suggested way to kill this monster is to use Magic, as the Skeletal horror is most notably susceptible to magic attacks. Magic armour also provides excellent defence against both of its attack styles.

Additionally, running clockwise around the arena while manually casting abilities can be used to avoid most if not all damage.

Other styles[edit | edit source]

If Melee or Ranged combat is preferred, it is suggested to use the highest level weapon(s) and armour you feel comfortable risking, as the skeletal horror is more resistant to these styles than magic. Protection prayers or Deflect Curses are highly recommended.

If you find the fight is still too difficult, a dwarf multicannon can be placed in the arena to provide additional damage. Dreadnips and Summoning familiars such as a Beast of Burden with extra food or a Unicorn stallion with Unicorn Stallion scroll (Healing Aura)s can be of additional aid as well.

The healing and defensive buff from the Enhanced Excalibur makes it a handy accessory for the fight.